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Weekly #2: Iconic Play and the Lure of the IP

DC Universe Online -  Column

In today's DC Universe Online Weekly column, MMORPG.com writer Bill Murphy takes a look at what developers call "iconic play". The thought of putting on the Bat costume and protecting the Bat Cave from the Joker truly adds a new dimension for those who have grown up loving these legendary superheroes and villains. Check out Bill's latest column, "Iconic Play and the Lure of the IP".Posted Aug 12, 2010 by William Murphy

The Pyromancer

Rift -  Other

The Pyromancer is the latest class to be revealed by the Rift: Planes of Telara development team. These destructive and very powerful mages focus their will on mastering the flames, whether it is trapping enemies behind a wall of fire or launching devastating fire blasts on the heads of the foe. Check out MMORPG.com's exclusive background lore and screenshots of The Pyromancer.Posted Aug 12, 2010

Jeff Hickman GenCon Diary: Days 2 & 3

General -  Event

Mythic's Jeff Hickman was on hand at this year's GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his time there, Jeff had the chance to spend time with some big names in fantasy literature: Ed Greenwood, RA Salvatore, Larry Elmore and Margeret Weis. Jeff also gives some final thoughts about GenCon and the value it has to gamers and fantasy fans around the world.Posted Aug 11, 2010

MMORTS 101: The Class System

End of Nations -  Developer Journal

School is back in session this week with Trion Worlds' and Petroglyph Games' latest developer journal, MMORTS 101: The Class System. The article takes a look at the three Commander classes: The Armor Commander, the Artillery Commander and the Assault Commander. Get your pens out to take notes, class, and keep reading.Posted Aug 11, 2010

Space Combat Cont'd: On Rails Edition!

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton has another fascinating article about space combat in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Last week, Mike expressed concern over Bioware's statement that space combat would be an "alternative gameplay experience". But what a difference a week makes. Find out if Mike still has worries about space combat...or not.Posted Aug 11, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Fan Faire Panel

DC Universe Online -  General

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opportunity to attend last week's SOE Fan Faire in Las Vegas. During his time there, Jon attended a DC Universe Online panel and listened to an informative discussion about the game's story, feats, the game world, PvP and cross-platform development. Check it out!Posted Aug 11, 2010 by Jon Wood

Character Creation

Rift -  Preview

Last week, MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton had the opportunity to visit Trion Worlds HQ in San Francisco. As part of Gamer's Day, Mike scored a hands on look at Rift: Planes of Telara. The first feature that Mike looked at was character creation and he's got the skinny on what it's like.Posted Aug 10, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Developer Diary #1: Stonehill Grove

Mythos -  Developer Journal

MMORPG.com is pleased to host the first developer diary from the Redbana, the dev team behind Mythos. Mythos is soon to enter its closed beta phase of development and RedBana has sent along a zone preview of the Stonehill Grove. Posted Aug 10, 2010

No Grind? Yes, Please!

Guild Wars 2 -  General

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton takes a look at Guild Wars 2 and how ArenaNet has decided to take away the 'been there, done that' feeling that many gamers are experiencing in today's MMOs. Find out what Mike thinks is it that Guild Wars 2 devs are bringing to the genre is exciting the worldwide MMO community.Posted Aug 10, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Creativity. Where is it?

General -  Column

In Her Opinion, Angie Webb thinks that creativity is a bit lacking in some of today's MMOs. Angie goes through the creative process and discusses ways to make MMOs more interesting and original. For instance: If you're designing new monsters, take a trip to the zoo. See what else Angie recommends to give today's MMOs a fresh creative look.Posted Aug 10, 2010 by Angie Webb

Aug 09, 2010 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 245 of the MMORPG.com Newsletter we take a look at Star Wars: The Old Republic and all of the news in the MMO genre over the last week.Posted Aug 9, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Gamer's Day Preview

End of Nations -  Preview

MMORPG.com's own Community Manager Mike Bitton recently had the opportunity to visit the Trion World headquarters in San Francisco. As part of the Gamer's Day visit, Mike got the chance for a hands on look at this groundbreaking MMORTS currently in development at Petroglyph Games. Posted Aug 9, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Some New MMO Settings

General -  Column

The List this week takes a look at MMO settings that are underused, poorly developed, or utterly non-existent in today's market. MMORPG.com writer Bill Murphy spends time with five different settings that he feels would bring a breath of fresh air to the MMO industry. See if you agree or if you have additions to Bill's list.Posted Aug 9, 2010 by William Murphy

What's Wrong with Freedom of Choice?

General -  Column

In the latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi discusses personal preference and MMOs. While he understands that people are not all fans of F2P games, he doesn't get why some are so vehemently (and vocally) opposed to their existence.Posted Aug 9, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Scott Hartsman Interview

Rift -  Interview

Earlier this week, MMORPG.com's Michael Bitton had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to visit the Trion Worlds HQ. While there, Mike spent time talking with Trion's COO Scott Hartsman. The discussion centered around Rift: Planes of Telara with topics ranging from multi-classing, rift invasions, exploration and PvP.Posted Aug 6, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Jeff Hickman: Kickin' It at Gencon

General -  Event

Bioware Mythic Executive Producer, Jeff Hickman, is MMORPG.com's man on the floor at the 2010 Gencon in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jeff is keeping tabs on all that's happening at the annual convention and we've got his first blog report. Check it out and find out what's happening at GenCon!Posted Aug 6, 2010

Through the Eyes of Our Children

General -  Column

In this week's thought-provoking column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton takes a look at MMO gaming and how parents have the upper hand when it comes to keeping their kids safe and having fun. Check out Jaime Skelton's Player Perspectives and see if you agree.Posted Aug 6, 2010 by Jaime Skelton

Comic Con Report

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online -  General

During her visit to this year's Comic Con, MMORPG.com writer Carolyn Koh had the opportunity to take a closer look at Super Hero Squad Online. Not only did Carolyn find out about awesome housing in the game, she also found a lot of humor. Read on to find out more about Super Hero Squad Online and who exactly it is that wears exploding underwear.Posted Aug 5, 2010 by Carolyn Koh

Interview With Senior Producer Brian Knox

TERA -  Interview

MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had the chance recently to sit down with En Masse Senior Producer Brian Knox. They had the chance to talk about TERA and its PvP component, solo play and characteristics of the player archetypes. Posted Aug 4, 2010 by Garrett Fuller

Development Team Interview

Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted -  Interview

Earlier this summer, the developers at Virtrium (VI) released a new content update that included a number of improvements and updates on existing game features. Most notably, the dragon’s Adult Right of Passage received a large overhaul, as did the Scholar crafting school. MMORPG.com writer, Erin McManaway, had the chance to sit down with the development team to talk about the changes.Posted Aug 4, 2010 by Erin McManaway